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There are a variety of financial opportunities available to support students whilst they are studying, please see below for more information.

Should you have any further questions or wish to enquire about how to apply for  support, our Sixth Form Registrars will be able to help.


16-19 Bursary Fund

If you fall into one of the following categories, you may be entitled to the 16-19 Bursary Fund:

•Disabled young people
•Young people in care
•Care leavers
•On Income Support or receiving Universal Credit in place of Income Support
•In receipt of Free School Meals

Free School Meals

In order to be entitled to statutory free school meals you or your parents must be in receipt of one of the following:

•Income Support
•Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
•Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
•Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
•The Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
•Child Tax Credit, provided that you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income of £16,190 or less.

Tower Hamlets Educational Maintenance Allowance (THEMA)

The Tower Hamlets Educational Maintenance Allowance (THEMA), previously known as the Mayor’s Education Award (MEA), is designed to help students stay on in further education after GCSEs.

With the THEMA, you could receive £400 a year to help towards the costs of studying, for example, for text books and equipment, a travel card or to pay for field trips.

If you are attending all of your lessons, you will be paid two instalments of £200, and because it is a grant, you don’t need to pay any of it back.

In order to be eligible for the THEMA you need to:
•be 16 to 19 years old
•have been living in Tower Hamlets for at least three years
•be attending school or college come from a family with a household income of less than around £20,817
•apply for an award as soon as possible – an application must be received within three months from your date of enrolment

Payments are made after you have attended a term of sixth form, demonstrating your commitment to your course.